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Xu Zhiyong (b. 1973) is a legal scholar and rights activist, best known for organizing the [[New Citizens Movement]].
  
Xu Zhiyong (b. 1973) is a Chinese legal scholar and rights activist. He is best known for organizing the [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/new-citizens-movement/ New Citizens' Movement] in China.
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Xu Zhiyong studied law at Lanzhou University before obtaining his doctorate in law from Peking University in 2002. He went on to become a lecturer at Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications. In 2003, Xu Zhiyong successfully pushed for the abolition of the [[Sun Zhigang|custody and repatriation system]] along with [[Teng Biao]], Yu Jiang and several other legal scholars. Xu also launched his political career in the same year by running as an independent candidate in Beijing's Haidian District, winning a seat in the local People’s Congress. He was reelected in 2006. In 2011, his name was pulled from the candidate list.  
  
Xu Zhiyong studied law at Lanzhou University before obtaining his doctorate in law from Peking University in 2002. He subsequently became a lecturer at a university in Beijing. In 2003, Xu Zhiyong successfully pushed for the abolition of the [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/space/Sun_Zhigang|“custody and repatriation system”] along with [[Teng Biao]], Yu Jiang, and several other legal scholars. Xu also launched his political career in the same year by running as an independent candidate in Haidian District, Beijing, becoming a representative at the local People’s Congress. He won reelection in 2006. In 2011, his name was pulled off the candidate list.  
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Xu helped found the [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/gongmeng/ Open Constitution Initiative], also known as Gongmeng, an organization that advocated for greater constitutional protection and implementation of the rule of law. [[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/08/brother-chinese-activist-held-for-tax-evasion/ The group was fined and shut down in 2009 on tax evasion charges.] In 2012, Xu established the New Citizens Movement as the successor to Gongmeng.
  
Xu helped found the [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/gongmeng/ Open Constitution Initiative], also known as Gongmeng, an organization that advocated for greater constitutional protection and implementation of the rule of law. The group was fined and shut down in 2009 on tax evasion charges. In 2012, Xu established the New Citizens’ Movement as the successor to Gongmeng.
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[https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/05/xu-zhiyong-on-the-new-citizens-movement/ Xu has been repeatedly detained or otherwise harassed by the authorities.] He was arrested in July 2013 and subsequently sentenced to four years in prison for “gathering crowds to disrupt public order.” His [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/01/maximum-security-xu-zhiyong-stands-trial/ closing statement] in court, in which he called for open governance and financial disclosure by officials, was cut short by the judge.  
  
[https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/05/xu-zhiyong-on-the-new-citizens-movement/ Xu has repeatedly been detained or otherwise harassed by the authorities.] In July 2013, Xu Zhiyong was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison the following January for “gathering crowds to disrupt public order.[https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/01/maximum-security-xu-zhiyong-stands-trial/ In his closing statement in court], Xu called for open governance and financial disclosure by officials, a statement cut short by the judge. In May 2020, [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2020/06/rights-lawyers-xu-zhiyong-formally-arrested-wang-quanzhang-beaten-during-prison-term-yu-wensheng-sentenced/ Xu was formally arrested] after months of detention on the charge of inciting subversion. His charge was later upgraded to subversion, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. His partner Li Qiaochu, a labor and women’s rights activist, was also arrested on subversion charges. Li previously alleged that Xu was tortured in jail.
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Xu went into hiding after escaping from the police in December 2019. On the lam and amid the initial outbreak of [[COVID-19]], he published an [https://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/viewpoint/dear-chairman-xi-its-time-you-go open letter calling for President Xi Jinping to resign]. The State Council Information Office issued a [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/01/minitrue-silencing-xu-zhiyong/ directive] to have the letter wiped from the internet. Xu was [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2020/02/activist-xu-zhiyong-detained-after-50-days-in-hiding/ caught] on February 15.
  
Amid the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in January 2020, Xu Zhiyong issued an open letter calling for Chinese President Xi Jinping to resign. [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/01/minitrue-silencing-xu-zhiyong/ China’s State Council Information Office issued a directive] to have the letter deleted from the internet.  
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In May 2020, [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2020/06/rights-lawyers-xu-zhiyong-formally-arrested-wang-quanzhang-beaten-during-prison-term-yu-wensheng-sentenced/ Xu was formally arrested] after months of detention on the charge of inciting subversion. His charge was later upgraded to subversion, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. His partner, [https://chinachange.org/2021/01/12/120-days-in-secret-detention/ Li Qiaochu], a labor and women’s rights activist, was also detained on subversion charges. [https://www.nchrd.org/2021/02/the-chinese-government-must-end-reprisal-against-li-qiaochu-for-exposing-torture/ Li has spoken out about Xu's torture in jail.]
  
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Latest revision as of 18:36, 28 April 2021

Xǔ Zhìyǒng | 许志永

Xu Zhiyong on the cover of Esquire, while he was being detained for alleged tax evasion

Xu Zhiyong (b. 1973) is a legal scholar and rights activist, best known for organizing the New Citizens Movement.

Xu Zhiyong studied law at Lanzhou University before obtaining his doctorate in law from Peking University in 2002. He went on to become a lecturer at Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications. In 2003, Xu Zhiyong successfully pushed for the abolition of the custody and repatriation system along with Teng Biao, Yu Jiang and several other legal scholars. Xu also launched his political career in the same year by running as an independent candidate in Beijing's Haidian District, winning a seat in the local People’s Congress. He was reelected in 2006. In 2011, his name was pulled from the candidate list.

Xu helped found the Open Constitution Initiative, also known as Gongmeng, an organization that advocated for greater constitutional protection and implementation of the rule of law. [The group was fined and shut down in 2009 on tax evasion charges. In 2012, Xu established the New Citizens Movement as the successor to Gongmeng.

Xu has been repeatedly detained or otherwise harassed by the authorities. He was arrested in July 2013 and subsequently sentenced to four years in prison for “gathering crowds to disrupt public order.” His closing statement in court, in which he called for open governance and financial disclosure by officials, was cut short by the judge.

Xu went into hiding after escaping from the police in December 2019. On the lam and amid the initial outbreak of COVID-19, he published an open letter calling for President Xi Jinping to resign. The State Council Information Office issued a directive to have the letter wiped from the internet. Xu was caught on February 15.

In May 2020, Xu was formally arrested after months of detention on the charge of inciting subversion. His charge was later upgraded to subversion, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. His partner, Li Qiaochu, a labor and women’s rights activist, was also detained on subversion charges. Li has spoken out about Xu's torture in jail.

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